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Mountain Mentors helps Toledo teens reach new heights

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Not many kids get the opportunity to climb a mountain, but thanks to a group called Mountain Mentors, 15 Toledo teens got to see firsthand that the sky is the limit.

"It was something new that I never knew anything about, but it ended up being the best experience of my life," said Tre'Montana Weaver, a Mountain Mentors graduate.

From the Glass City to New Hampshire, through the mountains, and back again – they are back from a week-long adventure designed to show them a new path in life.

"It's amazing because Toledo – I feel like it only offers you so much, and this program opens your eyes to so much new adventures. It shows you how to grow and depend on yourself," said Tanai Lyles.

The Mountain Mentors program has been helping Toledo teens prepare to navigate life for the past 29 years with one-on-one mentoring, trips to the mountains, and 300-mile biking excursions.

"They climbed mountains in New Hampshire, they can come back to Toledo and climb a different type of mountain – whether it be getting through school, or staying away from negative influences," said Toledo Police Officer Bill Michalski.

Officer Michalski is one of the Toledo Police officers who doesn't think twice about lacing up his boots or hopping on a bike to help steer kids in the right direction, and that isn't lost on the teens in Mountain Mentors.

"There's a lot of stereotypes that come with police officers," Weaver said. "You think it's all bad, but really, when you get to know them, they end up being some of the best friends you could ever meet. They help you out whenever you need it. They really show you that guidance."

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